We have lived in our house for six years this month and every month of every year I have hated the back of this bar area! It is sooo blah and sooo oak and sooo country looking.
So, started researching what I wanted to do with it. First I tried to add the decorative wood corner pieces along with a decorative wood scrolly thing (real technical name, huh?) for the center. Did a cool paint treatment and really loved it, just threw some wood glue on and glued them up there. They lasted about six months. Every month or so another decorative piece would fall off until all I had left was one corner piece and the middle thing.
I then tried a paper bag wallpaper treatment that really worked well and, of course, was real cheap. After applying the paper bag wallpaper I mixed some brown paint with water and antiqued it. Then, let that dry and antiqued it with a black glaze. Looked absolutely fantastic but as it started to dry the paper bags started lifting off the wall. So, I finally ripped it all off and lived with a nasty looking counter. (This was all before I entered blogdom and have no pictures of it).
Then after we had finished the beardboard in the bathroom I was looking at the pile of leftovers and realized that I had enough to finish off the back of the counter. This got me searching on the internet to look for ideas and inspiration because although I liked the beadboard idea, couldn't figure out how to finish it and marry it with the oak cabinets. Which, quite honestly, I would like to paint but hubby is not sold on the idea!
My husband did cut the wainscoating for me. I decided to paint it black from inspiration I got from Thrifty Decor Chick. She did a great job of blending a black beadboard counter bar with her maple cabinets. After a simple (only about 16 coats of black paint....easy!) paint job, I applied liquid nails and some panel nails and slapped it up. That was super easy! Finished off the outside corner with the existing trim piece painted black. Purchased the cheap baseboard and quarter round, again painting it black. Mitered it and installed it. I think it turned it pretty nice. Actually, I love it!
Now, to find a cheap solution for my 'blah' counter top!